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The importance of checking your manuscript

The importance of checking your work

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Angel Key Publications staff are once again insisting on the importance of checking your work before sending it to us. Checking your work will save time and costs.

Along our journey assisting authors to self-publish their new book, we have noticed a significant increase in manuscripts submitted that have needed corrections. If you ask us to make corrections for you, please ensure you check that all corrections are correctly made before approving your files. 

Our Angel Key Publications team is not set-up to edit a manuscript once it has reached the formatting stage. You need to consider engaging an experienced editor or ask us to provide this service for you, saving you time and money, as well as reduce frustration and likely errors once the manuscript is formatted.  From the 1st December 2018, Angel Key Publications will charge 75 dollars an hour or part thereof for editing corrections in a manuscript. The only exceptions will be for a time limit of 10 minutes spent in good faith with your editing corrections.

All formatting change requests must be requested within those first few pages given to you as a preview. This will avoid a total reformat of the whole manuscript at a new cost. 

Check your work thoroughly!

We do not advise self-editing one’s manuscript.
It is YOUR JOB to thoroughly check your manuscript, especially your blurb on the back cover of your book, BEFORE sending for insertion on your back cover.


Self-editing notes

The human brain takes no-nonsense. As long as you feed it with relevant information, it is happy. As soon as you start feeding it with nonsense, it tries to decipher the nonsense and turn it into logic.

Read the following sentence:
I dnot konw why but I ahve no porlbem uderntsaning tihis snetcne.

Most people will realize in the wink of an eye what this sentence is saying: I don’t know why, but I have no problem understanding this sentence.

That is what makes the task of self-editing your work so difficult. As you scan over something you have written, you tend to miss mistakes you may have made. You read what is not there because the brain expects it to be there.

How can anyone deliver work that is as free from mistakes as you can get it?

There are some techniques that you may use:
* The first is to read it out loud. In that way, you do not rely on the eye alone to send information to the brain. The ear also kicks in; very helpful in identifying awkward sentence construction.

* Some people use a technique such as read in reverse. You start at the end of the sentence and read word for word backwards, a way of taking the brain’s tendency to correct out of the equation. The technique is beneficial for finding spelling mistakes.

* A common mistake writers make is to finish writing and then immediately go through the work to make sure everything is right. The information is just too fresh in your mind. Where possible, wait a few days or a week before you edit your work.

* A constructive tip many established writers will give you is to cut and not to add. As their writing flows along, most writers tend to drone on a bit. When editing your work, be on the lookout for unnecessary sentences and words. Do not hesitate to take them out.

* We live in the 21st century, and we should use the tools available to us. Using effective voice recognition software is a way of catching mistakes while you are ‘writing’, especially for those not ten-finger typists. As you talk, the words appear on the screen, which makes it easier to spot mistakes. The excellent programs on the market have a fantastic degree of accuracy.

When editing, be ruthless. Criticise yourself. If you have made a mistake, admit it and correct it.

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